A Thousand Sisters by Lisa J. Shannon

By Lisa J. Shannon

Lisa J. Shannon had an excellent life-a winning enterprise, a fiance, a house, and defense. Then, at some point in 2005, an episode of Oprah replaced all that. The convey curious about ladies in Congo, the worst position on the earth to be a girl. She was once woke up to the atrocities there-millions useless, ladies raped and tortured day-by-day, and youngsters demise in surprising numbers. Shannon felt referred to as to do anything. and she or he did. one thousand Sisters is her inspiring memoir. She raised cash to sponsor Congolese girls, starting with one solo 30-mile run, after which based a countrywide association, Run for Congo girls. The booklet chronicles her trip to the Congo to fulfill the ladies her run backed, and stocks their fabulous tales. What starts off as grassroots activism forces Shannon to confront herself and her lifestyles, and examine classes of survival, worry, gratitude, and sizeable love from the ladies of Africa.

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